June 17, 2021
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MEETINGS: Growth and strategy in New Zealand
 
By Bronwen Largier
 
Going to MEETINGS earlier this month was a lot like catching up with a very good friend who you haven’t seen for a very long time.
 
One of those longed-for but not-quite-long-enough catch-ups that’s intimate and intense and leaves you feeling filled up somehow. Excited about all the things you’ve learned about the friend who has grown and changed and thought new things while you’ve been apart.
 
Grab a coffee and settle in for a longer read as micenet covers off some thought-provoking ideas raised at New Zealand's flagship business events trade show.
 
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Restrictions set to ease further in Victoria from tomorrow but still no clarity on events
 
By Bronwen Largier
 
A further easing of restrictions for both regional Victoria and Melbourne was announced yesterday and is due to come into effect at midnight tonight.
 
The 25km travel limit for metropolitan Melbourne will be lifted, allowing Melbournians to head back into regional Victoria, face masks will no longer have to be worn outdoors and venue capacities have lifted slightly – 75 people will be permitted indoors, both seated and non-seated, while outdoor seated venues can now have up to 150 people and non-seated outdoor venues can have up to 1,000 people. The one person per four square metre rule acts as a further capacity limiter in all settings.
 
There still appears to be no specific directive for business events and as of this morning, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre remains closed “as current capacity limits mean it is not viable for us to operate”. It appears unlikely that the additional 25 pax capacity allowed from tomorrow will change this.
Where can you combine work and play this July? Get Local of course!
 
Produced in partnership with Get Local Expo
 
On Thursday July 29, Get Local will kick off with a Get Together welcome event at Doltone House Darling Island, celebrating the return of business event activity in Australia.
 
Doltone House and Get Local organisers promise something extra special for the networking event which will host the crème de la crème of the business events community from throughout Australia and the Pacific – tickets are strictly limited and only available to registered attendees and exhibitors.
 
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Part 2: Hilton amongst the best in Sydney
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
Hilton Sydney embraces the Queen Victoria Building – and makes the most of its proximity to the sandstone treasure. You see it from so many angles – it is such a treat.
 
The juxtaposition of the modern, high-rise Hilton against the sandstone ornate Queen Victoria Building captures the essence of Sydney’s mixed architecture – modern, glass and steel high-rise with precious magnificent colonial sandstone heritage in between.
 
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Wellington: A place of the future
 
Produced in partnership with Tourism New Zealand
 
Wellington is poised to be “very, very big’ according to multinational technology company Cognizant, which has named the city one of its 21 places of the future.
 
Earmarked as the frontier of the ‘experience economy’, the city is riding a global wave of change in technology, work, and place. The accolade is a nod to the city’s booming tech start-up scene and creative sector, its safe, walkable CBD and its thriving food and beer scene.
 
And now the business events sector is set to welcome something ‘very, very big’: Tãkina, the new Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre, opening in 2023.
 
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Janet Hamilton: “There is a sense of community that is created when people are together and meeting. I hang onto that."
 
By Joyce DiMascio
 
With the closure of Australia’s international borders, the Cairns visitor economy took quite a battering. This attracted a lot of media and political attention, especially in the earlier months of the pandemic.
 
But the people of Cairns are resilient – they don’t roll over and surrender.
 
At present the city is having a major physical revival largely off the back of improvements to the city and major infrastructure investment including in the $176 million Cairns Convention Centre refurbishment and expansion.
 
Janet Hamilton, the Centre’s General Manager for the past two and a bit years, has the pleasure of kicking off the new events era at the refurbished and soon-to-be-expanded facility.
 
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